Cross High School Career Exploration Handout Sept 2012


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Cross High School Career Exploration Handout Sept 2012

  1. 1. Top 50 Occupations in the Trident WIA Area, 2008-2018 # change Avg. HrlyOccupational Title 2008-2018 Wage ($) Education LevelTotal, All Occupations 42,675 19.64Registered Nurses 1,919 32.68 Associate degreeRetail Salespersons 1,904 12.15 Short-term on-the-job trainingTeam Assemblers 1,282 16.75 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingCustomer Service Representatives 1,158 15.43 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingCombined Food Prep./Serving Workers, Inc. Fast Food 1,069 9.73 Short-term on-the-job trainingCashiers 1,029 9.09 Short-term on-the-job trainingOffice Clerks, General 814 12.66 Short-term on-the-job trainingBookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 686 16.94 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingFirst-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 674 19.32 Work experience in a related occupationMaintenance and Repair Workers, General 630 15.28 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingAccountants and Auditors 593 29.13 Bachelors degreeWaiters and Waitresses 562 9.24 Short-term on-the-job trainingFirst-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office/Admin. Workers 545 22.37 Work experience in a related occupationMedical Assistants 538 14.58 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingLandscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 513 10.84 Short-term on-the-job trainingElementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 489 22.74 Bachelors degreeIndustrial Machinery Mechanics 484 22.55 Long-term on-the-job trainingReceptionists and Information Clerks 435 12.68 Short-term on-the-job trainingIndustrial Engineers 421 34.90 Bachelors degreeHairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 399 19.98 Postsecondary vocational awardMachinists 397 19.70 Long-term on-the-job trainingChild Care Workers 380 9.67 Short-term on-the-job trainingStock Clerks and Order Fillers 370 10.94 Short-term on-the-job trainingExecutive Secretaries & Administrative Assistants 346 21.30 Work experience in a related occupationPharmacy Technicians 312 14.83 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingTruck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 301 16.94 Short-term on-the-job trainingManagement Analysts 297 36.74 Bachelors or higher degree, plus experienceComputer Systems Analysts 291 30.90 Bachelors degreeCarpenters 286 17.24 Long-term on-the-job trainingInspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers & Weighers 268 18.55 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingPersonal and Home Care Aides 267 9.40 Short-term on-the-job trainingBilling and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 263 15.75 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingCooks, Restaurant 260 10.38 Short-term on-the-job trainingNetwork Systems and Data Communications Analysts 259 30.35 Bachelors degreeParalegals and Legal Assistants 255 21.67 Associate degreeFitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 254 14.48 Postsecondary vocational awardFirst-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production/Operating Workers 253 29.97 Work experience in a related occupationMechanical Engineers 233 35.05 Bachelors degreeMedical Secretaries 231 15.19 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingAutomotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 229 19.27 Postsecondary vocational awardConstruction Laborers 228 14.28 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingConstruction Managers 221 37.04 Bachelors degreeBartenders 219 9.05 Short-term on-the-job trainingSales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing 213 25.40 Work experience in a related occupationCivil Engineers 208 32.18 Bachelors degreeLicensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 208 20.09 Postsecondary vocational awardSecurity Guards 206 12.06 Short-term on-the-job trainingFirst-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Prep./Serving Workers 201 16.13 Work experience in a related occupationDental Assistants 198 17.28 Moderate-term on-the-job trainingComputer Software Engineers, Systems Software 191 36.14 Bachelors degreeSource: SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce, Labor Market Information,
  2. 2. Best occupations to look at…Anything in the medical field • People are getting old and will continue to need medical help • Current medical workers are retiring • Knowledge is transportable to other areas/states • Because of the shortage, there’s plenty of opportunity or overtime!Accounting jobsRecession has made people look closer at their money.IT/Computer jobsEverything from libraries to medical records will soon be electronic.
  3. 3. “But I don’t want to spend 4 years in a classroom!” YOU DON’T HAVE TO! Trident Technical CollegeProgram Job Hourly Wage GrowthCertificate Programs (2 semesters = 1 year)Automotive Engine Repair Car Mechanic $19.27 13%Aircraft Maintenance Airplane Mechanic $26.46 3%Heating, Ventilation & A/C (HVAC) HVAC Service Technician $18.99 19%Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy Assistant $14.83 30%Construction Electrician Electrician $19.10 6%Construction Management Construction Manager $26.44 8%Diploma Programs (3 semesters = 1 ½ years)Cosmetology Hair Dresser $19.98 23%Medical Assisting Medical Assistant $14.58 29%Early Childhood Development Preschool Teacher $11.06 24%Dental Assisting Dental Assistant $17.28 37%Degree Programs (4 semesters = 2 years)Paralegal Paralegal $21.67 32%Computer Programming Computer Programmer $31.64 7%Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technician $22.98 10%Welding Welder $18.60 22%Accounting Accounting Clerk $16.94 15%Data are for the Trident area. The hourly wage is for 2011 and growth is for 2008-2018.Source: SC Department of Employment and Workforce, Labor Market Information
  4. 4. MAXIMUM • Live with parents • Live in apartment (no roommate) • Use public transportation • New car! • Eat at home • Eat out all the time • Utilities (water, electricity, gas) • All utilities • No Internet, cable, concerts, • Internet, cable with extra channels, downloads (Yes, you have a basic concerts, downloads, movie/game cell phone!) rentals, the newest cell phone (web • Minimum Health Insurance and video too!)$4.27/hour • Health InsuranceCashier, Dishwasher, Maid • Gym membership(no college) • Savings for emergency, gifts, vacations, donations, etc. $24.33/hour Public Relations Specialist, Registered Nurse, Advertising Manager (2-4 years of college)
  5. 5. Probability of a High School Student Becoming a Professional Athlete Mens Womens Mens MensStudent-Athletes Football Baseball Basketball Basketball Hockey SoccerHigh School 549,500 456,900 983,600 455,300 29,900 321,400Student-AthletesHigh School Senior 157,000 130,500 281,000 130,100 8,500 91,800Student-AthletesNCAA 15,700 14,400 56,500 25,700 3,700 18,200Student-AthletesNCAA Freshman 4,500 4,100 16,200 7,300 1,100 5,200Roster PositionsNCAA Senior Student- 3,500 3,200 12,600 5,700 800 4,100AthletesNCAA Student- 44 32 250 600 33 76Athletes Drafted% High School to 2.9 3.1 5.8 5.6 12.9 5.7NCAAPercent NCAA to 1.3 1.0 2.0 10.5 4.1 1.9Professional% High School to 0.03 0.02 0.09 0.5 0.4 0.08ProfessionalDid You Know? • Most professional athletes’ careers last only several years because of injuries and age. • Avoiding and treating injuries is a huge part of being a professional athlete. An injury could end your career. • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2011 average yearly earnings of athletes were $79,830 ($50,219 in South Carolina). Have a Plan B!!
  6. 6. WANT A PART-TIME JOB? There are three good ways to get one: 1. Fill out applications 2. Check want ads or online 3. NetworkingAPPLICATIONSMany employers use an application form rather than a resume to get the same informationabout all applicants or to get information not usually included on a resume. There can bemany different kinds of applications: one-page, multiple-page, clean, or over copied.Tips on applications: • Bring all information you may need, especially work history and grades in high school. • Read directions carefully and complete the form as neatly as possible (Yes— handwriting counts!!). Proofread carefully. • Don’t leave any blanks. You can use “n/a” when it does “not apply” to you. • Avoid negative information. Use “job ended” if you have to show why you left a job. Your goal is to get an interview and you can describe “Job ended” during the interview. • Avoid a specific salary requirement. Don’t get taken off the interview list just because the wage you put down is too high! Just say that the salary is “open” or “negotiable.” WANTS ADS/ONLINE Want ads (in the newspaper or online) are the second most common way to find a job opening (behind networking). Make sure the ad describes what the work would be (“server, evenings and weekends” or “day camp counselor”). Ads that never really come out and say what you will be doing should be ignored (“earn thousands of dollars each week”). • 75% of jobs on the Internet (like or are general job openings from temporary employment services. • Many times it’s not a real job; they are just collecting resumes and not hiring right away. • Only 7% of job hunters found their job on the Internet. • Internet searching should take up about 25% of your time during a job search. Use other job searches (networking, want ads, etc.) in addition to the Internet. • Internet job search sites should be FREE!! • Be prepared for junk mail about resume writing and job search services!NETWORKING • Most people get a job through people they know, not by answering newspaper ads or online openings. • Make a list of people you know: friends, family, family friends, parents of friends, co-workers, mentors, neighbors, etc. Give them your resume! • Add to your list by going to community meetings and job fairs. • Don’t be shy! It costs nothing to ask! • Learn how to talk about yourself. Sometimes you only have a couple minutes to make someone see what you can do so work on an “Elevator Speech.” Example of an elevator speech: Hi! My name is John Carpenter. I am a senior at Cross High School majoring in Construction Trades. I have a 2.9 grade point average and my favorite class is masonry. I have experience in building retaining walls and think I would be a great asset to your construction company. Here is my resume. Please keep me in mind when you are hiring for part-time openings.
  7. 7. HOW DEW CAN HELP!The SC Department of Employment and Workforce, or DEW, is responsible for: • Paying unemployment insurance benefits • Finding employees for companies • Collecting unemployment taxes • Collecting and disseminating state/federal • Finding jobs for people employment statistics Want to look for a job? Want to search over 1,200 websites from one place? Go to register with the SC Works Online System? • Use Resume Builder software—searchable by employers—or import an existing resume. • Job Market Explorer helps you find in-demand jobs and use skills and career assessment tools. • Background Wizard lets you build and publish up to 10 distinct resumes. • Online learning resources, free training, GED assistance, and continuing education opportunities (including FREE WIA training (if you qualify). • Learn how to build a household budget, apply for financial aid, and prepare a transitional budget for tough times.Being out of work doesn’t feel good, but it’s not hopeless.How do job-training services, job opportunities, and free back-to-work services sound? • We provide testing, counseling, and job referrals, connect you with employers and alert you to upcoming job fairs. • Veterans will find resources, services, and opportunities here, and our Job Seekers Resources support all. • Our Rural Manpower Service helps seasonal, agricultural, and nonagricultural workers find work. • Special Applicant Groups, Claimants, and people with disabilities will find useful resources here. • Learn how Employer Services employment opportunities benefit you. Where is the nearest SC Works Office?Moncks Corner Summerville Charleston100 South Hwy. 52 2885 West 5th Street 1930 Hanahan RoadMoncks Corner Summerville North Charleston843-899-8736 843-821-0695 843-574-1800